Sanyo RL7300 (Sprint) review: Sanyo RL7300 (Sprint)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Ready Link walkie-talkie service; durable design; well-integrated speakerphone and hands-free functions; analog roaming.

The Bad Muffled audio quality; standby battery life is somewhat short.

The Bottom Line Coupled with some useful features, the Sanyo RL7300 is a sturdy, solid performer that's suitable for both business and casual users.

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Intro

With the Sanyo RL7300, Sprint PCS is attempting to cut into Nextel's territory by providing a rugged handset with walkie-talkie functionality. Though it largely resembles the Sanyo VM4500 , it also incorporates the rubber trim of the company's RL2000 , making it ideal for those who work in the construction or transportation industries. It's hard to say how much business the carrier will usurp in this market, but this mobile, with its sturdy design and well-integrated hands-free functions, succeeds in providing an alternative to Nextel's offerings. Though the phone is a bit pricey at $279, you can get it for less with a service contract. With its black-and-slate-gray color scheme, the Sanyo RL7300 isn't pretty, but its design will appeal to anyone needing a handset that can withstand a few bumps and the occasional tumble. Although the phone isn't quite as shock-proof as Nextel's i315 or the Nokia 5100 , the rubberized trim around the unit provides an added layer of protection. At 3.71 by 1.97 by 1.12 inches and 4.24 ounces, it's also a little hefty, but Sanyo was clearly striving for substance over style with this handset.

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Big and burly: The RL7300 can take some blows.

The internal screen is large enough (2.1 inches diagonally) to make Web browsing and text messaging easy on the eyes. The 1-inch external LCD is too small to display caller ID without scrolling the text, but like the internal screen, it supports 65,000 colors. A nice touch is the ability to change the background color that both screens display during incoming calls--your options are red, yellow, black, pea green, and celadon green. We also like that the prominent speakerphone is situated on the front of the mobile above the screen, rather than on the handset's rear.

The keypad is large, and the buttons--which include two soft keys--are well spaced, although the four-way navigation pad in the middle of the unit is a bit small. Our biggest complaint, however, is that the keys are set flush against the unit, which makes it difficult to dial by touch.

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Sanyo RL7300 (Sprint)

Part Number: RL7300SLVSPT

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 210 min
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X / AMPS
  • Service Provider not specified
  • Weight 4.2 oz
  • Diagonal Size 2.1 in
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